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Friday, November 5, 2010

Poet Hoffman at FOGPL Annual Meeting

Poet and author Richard Hoffman will be the guest speaker for the Friends of the Gleason Public Library annual meeting on Sunday, November 7, at 2:30 p.m. at the Gleason Public Library. His presentation will begin shortly following the business meeting. Richard Hoffman is author of Half the House: A Memoir, winner of the 1995 Boston Athenaeum Reader’s Award; the poetry collections Without Paradise and Gold Star Road, winner of the 2006 Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize and the New England Poetry Club’s Sheila Motton Book. Register at the Gleason Public Library or call 1-978-369-4898.

Celebrate Sundays at the Gleason

Come celebrate Library Sundays on November 7, from 2 to 5 p.m., when the Gleason Public Library will be open and fine-free on this special day to announce their efforts to support Sunday hours from January through April.

There will be something for everyone: a technology petting zoo featuring eBook readers, games and crafts for kids (and kids at heart), Carlisle Artisans exhibition and sale, Equinox jazz guitar trio, comforting edibles and the Friends of the Gleason Public Library’s Annual Meeting, featuring Richard Hoffman, author and poet, as the guest speaker.

Sunday hours are the result of private support from businesses, organizations and individuals matched by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library and Gleason Public Library Endowment. Our lead contributors include Sorrentos of Concord, the First Religious Society, Assurance Technology, Rosas Family, Carlisle Artisans and several anonymous donors all from Carlisle. A $100 donation to the GPL Endowment provides the remaining support for each Sunday, but any amount contributes to this community effort.

Baby Storytimes

Baby Storytimes are designed to provide language enrichment and creative movement for babies and toddlers. Through the repetition of songs and rhymes, babies are started on the road to reading readiness in a fun way. Librarians incorporate sign language, finger plays, nursery rhymes, music and books. Come see for yourself on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. These storytimes are drop-ins and will be held every Thursday now through December 9. For more information, call the library at 1-978-369-4898 and ask for Seana or email her at You can also visit

Crazy hair storytime at the GPL

Long, short, purple, curly, spiky or green… Come for a fun-filled crazy hair storytime on Tuesday, November 9, at 4 p.m. at the Gleason Public Library (GPL). There will be dancing, singing, stories and a craft. This program is for ages four and up. No registration is required.

If you have any questions about the storytime or would like more information, call 1-978-369-4898 and ask for the Children’s Desk. For more information about the library’s programs, visit the library website,

Local Food Protection Manager course

Space is still available in the Food Protection Manager Certification course for local volunteer and non-profit organizations, sponsored by the Board of Health, to be held November 10 and 12. If you are interested in attending, contact the Board of Health office at 1-978-369-0283.

Kronenberg to speak on the art of weaving

Fiber artist Nancy Kronenberg will share her knowledge, explain the process of weaving and the intricacies of the loom, and describe how different weave patterns are achieved on Thursday, November 18, at 7 p.m. in the Hollis Room. This program is free. Seating is limited and registration is recommended at the Gleason Public Library, Carlisle at 1-978-369-4898.

Football fall workday fundraiser

Are you looking forward to raking all those leaves? Didn’t think so! So this year, get those big guys on the C-C football team to do it for you.

The team will be holding its Annual Football Workday on Saturday, November 20, to raise funds to support the football program. Email Julie Kleyn at if you would like some boys to come to your home to rake, stack logs, remove air-conditioners, move furniture or other odd jobs (no ladders), from 9 a.m. to 12 noon or 1 to 4 p.m. The charge is $15 per boy per hour.

FNL is tonight

Friday Night Live (FNL) is tonight. Hopefully everyone can come out again for more dancing, basketball, ping-pong, Wii and other games, or just to hang out with friends. Any middle school student that did not attend the October 1 FNL is encouraged to attend tonight. FNL newcomers should bring a parent or guardian to fill out the required permission forms and CORI release authorization forms. No student will be admitted to FNL without completed forms. Admission is $6. Pizza, soda and water are available for a small fee. For information call PJ Jewel at 1-978-371-8995 or Phil Lotane at 1-978-287-4014.

Dealing with Depression

Would you know if your child is depressed or anxious? Have you or anyone you know ever contemplated suicide? Come view the life-changing documentary “Breaking Free from Depression” at the CCHS Little Theater on Tuesday, November 16, from 7 to 9 p.m., sponsored by the CCHS Parents Association. Sue Hanly, RN and her daughter, Caroline, will present their personal journey.

The more parents know about mental health issues, the greater the likelihood they can recognize warning signs and get their children the help they may need. This event is appropriate for adults and high school students. For more information, contact Janet Friedman at or check out

CCHS Thanksgiving lunch for seniors

The Annual Junior Class of CCHS Thanksgiving Senior Luncheon will be held on Saturday, November 20. A full Thanksgiving lunch will be served at 12 noon for free. Doors will open at 11:15 a.m. Register for this event by Tuesday, November 16, at noon by calling the Carlisle Council on Aging at 1-978-371-2895. A van will be available, so let the COA know if you would like to use the van when you register.

Community Thanksgiving dinner at FRS

The fourth annual Carlisle Community Thanksgiving coordinated pot-luck dinner will be held at 4 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 25, at Union Hall, First Religious Society, 27 School Street.

This event is free, but you do have to register at 1-978 369-5180 by Monday November 22, with the number of people coming (the number of vegetarians and the number of meat eaters), what you will bring, how you will help (set up, clean up), and your contact information (phone and email). Carlisle Conservation Morning Coffee

The Tuesday, November 9, Conservation Coffee will be held in the Clark Room in the Carlisle Town Hall, 66 Westford Street, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Carlisle Building Inspector John Luther will speak about the Stretch Code, an enhanced building code adopted at the 2010 Spring Town Meeting, as well as the Carlisle Energy Task Force’s move toward Carlisle being a state-designated “Green Community.”

Carlisle Conservation Coffees are regularly held on the second Tuesday of the month during the fall, winter and spring seasons. Their purpose is to provide an informal opportunity for residents to discuss a wide range of land use, conservation and environmental issues. The coffees end promptly at 9 a.m. and attendees are encouraged to arrive and leave as their early morning schedules allow. A light continental breakfast is provided.

“Protecting Our Taps” Forum tonight

Many people wonder where their water comes from, how safe it is and whether the supply is threatened. Learn about these and other water topics at the next Life in the Balance program, Troubled Waters, Part 2: Protecting Our Taps, on Friday, November 5, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Alcott School Auditorium, 93 Laurel Street in Concord. The forum will explore issues that affect the availability and quality of the water supply, and actions to address those issues.

For more information, visit, email, call 1-978-254-1598, or contact ConcordCAN at or 1-978-369-6305.

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Sports Sale at Fenn School on November 6

The 41st Annual Sports Sale will be held at Fenn School on Saturday, November 6, from 9 until noon. The sale includes previously owned ski clothing and equipment, ice skates, helmets, pads, athletic shoes, hiking boots, bats and gloves, tennis rackets, bicycles and exercise equipment. Boys blazers, dress pants and dress shoes will also be available. Hardy’s Ski Emporium will offer a wide selection of new skis, boots and helmets at great pre-season prices. The Fenn School New Gym is located at 516 Monument Street in Concord. Call 1-978-318-3526 for more information.

Library computer course: answers to go

Researching something new? Looking for information you can’t seem to find? The Gleason Public Library is offering an introductory computer course focusing on basic searching and browsing through information taken from journals, magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias and other sources. Feel free to bring your question or topic with you for some basic research. Date: Wednesday, November 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Call the reference desk at 1-978-369-4898 to register. Registration is required due to space limitations.

Barn license reminder

The Carlisle Board of Health would like to remind animal owners that the town is required to inspect the health and condition of all domestic animals and to license any structure used to house animals every year. This requirement does not apply to cats and dogs which have separate licensing regulations. If you have domestic animals on your property and have not had an inspection this fall, contact the Board of Health office at 1-978- 369-0283 for an application. Permission to inspect any premise upon which animals are kept is assured to Municipal Animal Inspectors under Section 7 of Chapter 129 of the Massachusetts General Laws.

Piecing It Together on Thanksgiving weekend

Bring the whole family this Thanksgiving holiday weekend to the Concord Museum for a patchwork of hands-on activities, storytelling and fascinating demonstrations in association with the special quilt exhibition, “A Little Scrap for Recollection’s Sake.” All activities are free with museum admission.

On both Friday and Saturday, November 26 and 27, explore the historic quilts in the special exhibition noticing patterns, colors and stitches. This exhibition features a dozen quilts from the museum’s collection, together with two from Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House. Also included in the exhibition are quilt tops and sewing tools. Each quilt on exhibit has a story to tell about the creative makers, the communities they lived in, and the era in which they were working.

Then from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., as a family, piece together your own quilt square to take home using brightly colored fabrics and patterns provided by the Quilter’s Way shop in West Concord. Be sure to visit with the master quilters working on their quilt-in-progress. On Saturday, November 27, at 2 p.m., a storyteller from Barefoot Books will spin tales from far and wide about sewing, quilting and weaving in The Fabrics of Fairy Tale by Tanya Robyn Batt and illustrated by Rachel Griffin. Books are for sale in the Museum Shop.

General admission to the Museum is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (62 & over), $8 for students with valid ID, $5 for youth 6-18. Members and children under 6 are free. Admission includes the special quilt exhibition and all Thanksgiving weekend activities.

Thanksgiving barn dance in Westford

On Saturday, November 27, at 7:30 p.m., come work off some of that turkey and mashed potatoes at the regular fourth Saturday monthly barn dance at the Parish Center for the Arts with Dudley Laufman calling and Oh, CONTRAire! providing live music.

All are welcome; no experience is required. First-time dancers: come at 7 p.m. for free instruction and get into the dance for free as well. Also get in free with a student ID card. Admission is $5 for adults; $3 for teens; maximum $12 per family.
The Parish Center for the Arts
is on the corner of Boston Road and Lincoln Street on Westford Common. 
Try 1-978-692-6333 or for more information.

Holiday Book Sale at the Concord Library

This year, the Concord Library’s Holiday Book Sale will be bigger and better than ever. The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library are expanding the popular sale. There will be more children’s books and a special children’s browsing area.

In addition, like-new hardcover fiction, cookbooks, travel, garden, holiday novelties, poetry, mystery, sci-fi, DVDs and CDs will be for sale. These books are the cream of the donated crop – mint condition, suitable for giving.

The sale is Friday and Saturday, December 3 and 4, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, December 5, 1 to 3 p.m. at the Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street,

Concord Music Clubto meet on November 7

The Concord Music Club will meet in Concord on Sunday, November 7, at 2 p.m. The purpose of the club is to stimulate the study of music by providing the opportunity to perform with and for others. They have both performing and non-performing membership and meet once a month during the fall and spring seasons: six meetings annually.

The program will include piano music of Mozart and Liszt, music for two violins and piano, and the Kodaly Duo for violin and cello. If you would like to come as a guest, and are interested in joining the club, call Marjorie Franko at 1-978-369-8192.

A Sense of Place: Exploring the Landscape at Great Meadows

On Saturday, November 6, from 1 to 3 p.m., join a continuing series of monthly walks exploring the landscape, plants and seasonal wonders of Great Meadows NWR in Concord. November’s walk will focus on the season’s turning point, when luscious swaths of color and liveliness yield to muted tones and subtler stirrings.

No pre-registration is required. A $5/person voluntary donation will be gratefully accepted. The walk will be led by Cherrie Corey, local naturalist and photographer, and co-sponsored by Musketaquid Arts and Environment and Friends of Assabet River NWR. Meet at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge at Monsen Road in Concord, off Rte. 62, driveway on left where road curves right. For questions, email or call 1-978-760-1933.

Chamber Society brings famed ensemble to Concord

The Concord Chamber Music Society will present the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Piano Trio in concert on Sunday, November 21, at the Concord Academy Performing Arts Center, 166 Main Street in Concord. The concert will begin at 3 p.m., featuring two piano trios by Franz Schubert.

Pianist Joseph Kalichstein, violinist Jaime Laredo and cellist Sharon Robinson debuted as a newly formed chamber ensemble at the White House in 1977 for President Jimmy Carter’s inauguration. In subsequent decades, the trio has continually thrilled audiences and impressed critics with their virtuosity on the international stage, in recorded music and through the presentation of commissioned works while balancing their active ensemble schedule with highly acclaimed careers as soloists and teachers. Chamber Music America named the KLR Trio “Ensemble of the Year” in 2002. Since 2003 they have been Ensemble-in-Residence at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

The facility is handicapped accessible. Tickets are $42 and $37 for general adult admission, with a $5 discount for seniors and students. Ticketing and subscription information, directions and a program description can be found online at or by calling the Concord Chamber Music Society at 1-978-371-9667. Seating is very limited so chamber music lovers are encouraged to order early.

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